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Five Steps to Winterize Your Dog

Dog ready for winter
Before fall turns to winter, it’s smart to winterize your home and car to ensure they’re ready for the seasonal changes ahead, but what about your dog? Here are five important tips to consider to help you “winterize” your dog. 1) Don’t Skimp on Bug Control In the colder months, we humans get a major […] Read more »

5 Things To Do When Your Kid Doesn’t Win the Blue Ribbon

When your child doesn't win
They say you learn more from losing than you do from winning. Kids also learn a lot about effort and attitude by the way their parents react to a win or loss in sports, and competitive riding is no exception.. Here are five tips for when your son or daughter does not get the blue […] Read more »

Cool Canine Capabilities: A Dog’s Sense of Taste

A dog's sense of taste
A dog’s sense of taste can be a bit confusing to us humans. We perfectly understand our dogs wanting leftovers from our fried chicken dinner, but munching on rotten leftovers spilled from an outdoor garbage can, not so much. In fact, I caught my dog Layla attempting this very thing on our morning walk as […] Read more »

Horse Health: Why Do Horses Crib?

Why do horses crib?
Cribbing is a behavioral problem in which horses use their front teeth (specifically their upper incisors, normally used for cutting) to take hold of hard, immobile objects. These objects usually include fence rails, poles, and stall doors. It’s a troubling situation that has horse owners searching for ways to prevent cribbing and wondering why horses […] Read more »

Cool Canine Capabilities: A Dog’s Hearing

Cute dog raises ear
Ever notice that your dog can hear company coming before you do? I always know when to expect a friend, because my dog, Layla, will go to the front door and sit there expectantly. Several minutes go by, and, sure enough, the doorbell rings. A dog’s hearing enables it to detect sounds up to 4 […] Read more »

Horse Abscess Identification & Treatment

treating a painful horse abscess
Last summer, I came home after work to find my horse, Jimmy, limping in the field. To make matters worse, I had an early flight out of town the next morning. Why is it that animals always seem to have health problems right before you go on vacation? There were no scrapes or cuts on […] Read more »

Keeping Track of Your Dog’s Every Step

My obsession with counting my steps started as soon as I got my own fitness tracker. I started to get competitive, especially when I’d check my stats during the afternoon and discover that I was only a quarter of the way to my 10,000-step daily goal. To help me reach my goal I decided to […] Read more »

Essential Fatty Acids for Horses

Essential Fatty Acids for Horses
When it comes to the equine diet, there is a lot of conflicting information about what should and shouldn’t be fed, including fat. Here, I’ll cover some thoughts on fat in the equine diet, including a discussion of omegas, unsaturated/saturated fats, and essential fatty acids (EFAs). I’ll break down why essential fatty acids for horses […] Read more »

6 Weird and Wonderful Chews for Dogs

Dogs are born with an instinctual desire to chew. It’s important to help our dogs satisfy this urge, especially if we don’t want to come home to a destroyed pair of expensive shoes. Given what we know today about the dangers of rawhide, people are discovering healthier, all natural, and 100% digestible dog chew options. […] Read more »

Cool Canine Capabilities: A Dog’s Vision

Dog eyes
Dogs, it is safe to say, see the world in an entirely different fashion than we humans do. I’ve been amazed by my dog Layla’s ability to catch movement at dusk from yards away, and I also have watched incredulous as Layla walked right by wild rabbits who have frozen in their tracks in broad […] Read more »